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Old 03-31-2005, 02:31 AM   #1
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find: missing argument to `-exec'

this must be a very silly question, but after reading man find several times I haven't been able to figure out how to make it work...

I want to find the files in some folder that match some pattern and that were modified more than XX days ago, and delete them .

What I'm using is:
 find ~/sync/papers/ -name p*.* -mtime +5 -ls -exec rm{};
but I always get the error
find: missing argument to '-exec'

I've tried several approaches -rm{} [rm{}] {rm{}} (rm{}) --rm{} but the error persists

What am I doing wrong???
Is there any other way I can find and delete those files??

Thanks for the help!

Old 03-31-2005, 03:07 AM   #2
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There should be some space between rm and {}

#find ~/sync/papers/ -name p*.* -mtime +5 -exec rm {} \;

And dont put -ls. If you want to use ls, you must use it with -exec.
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Old 03-31-2005, 04:15 AM   #3
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note the backslash before the semi-colon as well in pavodive's example
Old 03-31-2005, 10:02 PM   #4
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Thank you guys! helped a lot!
Old 10-05-2009, 02:24 PM   #5
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At last I know how to do -exec with find!
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